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Thursday, July 31, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 82.0° F  Mostly Cloudy
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Bye-bye, Milwaukee Bucks

With a couple weeks left in the NBA season, the Milwaukee Bucks (28-29 going into Wednesday's game against New York) are battling for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Division. This is a rough approximation of the line that will be used by local TV sports anchors trying to sell Bucks highlights this week. Wow! A bona fide playoff contender in a league where over half the teams make the postseason -- get that champagne on ice! >More
 The starting five

There were no 20-game winners among the Milwaukee Brewers' five starting pitchers last season and no serious Cy Young candidates. The rotation was described as good, not great; efficient and solid, not flashy. But all five starters finished the season, which ended in the National League Championship Series, with winning records. >More
 UW Hodags reach out to ultimate's hungry fan base

The Wisconsin Hodags have been among college ultimate's top clubs over the last 10 years, winning national titles in 2003, 2007 and 2008. But since most of the sport's action takes place in warmer climates during the winter and early spring, Madison ultimate fans rarely get a chance to see them play. >More
 Wisconsin vs. Syracuse: Pre-game predictions

The Wisconsin vs. Syracuse match-up in the NCAA basketball tournament's "Sweet Sixteen" is one of the most compelling in that it pits the Orange's notorious 2-3 zone and transition attack against the Badgers' man-to-man and half-court style. >More
 Defending Jordan Taylor

The college basketball analyst I'm paying most attention to these days is Mark Titus from Grantland.com. Titus blogged his way through a benchwarming career at Ohio State, where one of his favorite subjects was Wisconsin. He dubbed them "Buzzcuts" after noticing that "pretty much every white guy who has played for Bo Ryan has had a buzzcut." >More
 Fans on the street: Keep the WIAA high school hoops tournaments in Madison (video)

Due to scheduling conflicts at the Kohl Center between UW-Madison athletic events and high school basketball tournaments, the WIAA recommended last month that the tournaments move from Madison to Green Bay. Doing so would end a great March Madness tradition for fans and players alike. The consensus among those we met up with over the weekend is to keep the tournament in Madison. >More
 Spartan style: Getting a state tournament haircut with the Madison Memorial basketball squad (video)

Madison Memorial makes its ninth straight appearance at the Kohl Center for the WIAA state boys basketball tournament Friday night and dating to at least the Jeronne Maymon and Vander Blue era, it's a tradition for several players to show off intricate and impressive haircuts at state. >More
 Maddest March ever

The question is not whether area basketball fanatics will be checking out from the real world this week, it's what matchup they're most eagerly anticipating as tournament season at all levels cranks up for real. Of all the options available, Wisconsin's first-round NCAA tournament game against Montana (Thursday, March 15, 1:10 p.m., TNT) might be the least intriguing. >More
 Mad Rollin' Dolls bouts are a close-knit community built around serious athleticism and fun

I'd like to put to rest the argument that roller derby is not a real sport. In researching past coverage on the subject, I have discovered that writers always make a point of mentioning how far derby has come in legitimizing itself, or how the mass media has a history of focusing on the more sensational aspects of the bouts, sensationalizing the fishnet stockings worn by players and turning up their noses at the playful atmosphere in the arena as a reason to take it less seriously. >More
 Hard hits on the gridiron

There's a fun item in the Sept. 26, 1967, issue of the Milwaukee Sentinel I found on Google the other day. It details how Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Sam Wheeler received the "Savage" award from head coach John Coatta for his aggressive play that week. Two of Wheeler's teammates, Ken Criter and Tom Domres, were also honored and presented with black helmets. >More
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